Enrique’s Journey (Book Review)

Written by journalist Sonia Nazario, Enrique’s Journey is the true story of a 17 year old boy traveling from Honduras to the US to reconnect with his mother. To write the story, Nazario met Enrique on the border of the US and learned his story before he attempted to cross the border into the US. She then went to Honduras and retraced Enrique’s steps to the US border herself, so that she could better write his perspective- what he saw and what he felt along the way.

Single mothers, like Enrique’s mother, who are unable to support their children travel to the US so that they can at least send back money to their kids. They don’t expect to be gone for long, but it is almost always much longer than planned and typically lasts around 6–8 years.

Since 2000, an average of 1 million undocumented immigrants arrive in the US each year, many of these being children. About 1,800 immigrants traveling to the US get kidnapped along the way in southern Mexico, and those without relatives with money are killed. Those that reach northern Mexico can be caught in drug wars going on there. Troubles do not end in Mexico though, as we see in the US today with constant fear of deportation.

“There is a clear pattern in U.S. history: When we need labor, we welcome migrants. When we are in recession, we want them to leave,” Nazario writes.

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